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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

The Question Mark Is In Case You're Just Getting Fat


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Reader Comments (70)

This is funny? I like this? I'm going to end every sentence in a question today?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Awesome? This is obviously a wrecker who asked the wrong question of the wrong lady at some point?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

Perhaps the wreckerator (or the order placer) suspects that the baby is not welcome.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarliO


January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And if only they hadn't done it in blue.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPippaD aka Mummy

This made my day. I'm 25 weeks pregnant and still getting sideways glances from people who aren't quite sure: preggo, or just likes the cake a bit too much?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My guess is that the order was made orally with a meaningless inflection.

WV: ingthik -- The wreckerator was be-ingthik at the time.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

When I found out I was pregnant? A really long time ago? I was, like, a little conflicted? I wasn't sure it was, like, good timing for my husband and me? So maybe I would have liked this cake.

PS It was the best thing that ever happened to us!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Is the question mark implying the possibility she is having something other than a baby? An alien? Puppy? Maybe there are some in her office that do not undersand the phrase "bun in the oven."

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy C Also in SoFla

Going out on a limb here... maybe the parent(s) to be haven't decided on a name yet, so for now, the baby is "Baby ?"

Although usually, people will then call the baby "Baby Lastname" instead of wrecking a whole cake over it.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

I like how the wreckerators made a real attempt to have coordinating blue icing. Also, you can just FEEL the enthusiasm ooozing from the tiny congrats on the very bottom edge of the cake. They must be super excited for the baby...or maybe they didn't want to get too excited because they are unsure if she's pregnant or just fat.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNichols

At the other end of the spectrum, a friend of mine gave birth in July and two months later someone asked her when she was due.


January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe it's for after the baby is born and ... the kid is soooo homely.... that they're PRETTY SURE it's a baby.

Welcome Baby?

Welcome Fido?

Welcome Cheeta?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Yeah, that bi old Congrats at the bottom looks really heartfelt! :p

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEniko

HA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I can only hope, upon seeing that cake, she responded with "Gee. Thanks?"

I wonder if this was an instance similar to the "Will Call Back" cake. Perhaps someone was supposed to get back with the decorator with the baby's name, but never did.

Or, what could be lost in translation is the sex of the baby. If the mom chose to not find out if she was having a boy or girl, perhaps her coworkers put the "?" for that reason?

wv: gimile (gimme leh): I don't care what it says, just gimile piece of cake!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

Well, maybe it's not a question mark. Perhaps it's just a really curvy exclamation mark. And, how big is that cake? How small is that writing? And why stick "congrats" all the way at the bottom of the cake, where the sky blue writing and dark blue border go together SO well?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mayhaps they're just unsure it is an actual human child gestating inside, it could be an alien hibernating until it finally escapes via the chest cavity.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

If the icing weren't blue (and that could have been an unthinking and meaningless coincidence -- we ARE talking wreckerators here), I'd guess it was supposed to be "Welcome Baby ?" indicating ambivalence over boy-v-girl. The lame little "congrats" really is the finishing touch.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Maybe "?" is the baby's name, like when Prince changed his name to that weird symbol.

wv: "fularoct" - Well, it's better than being full of sh...never mind.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

awesome! always best to cover your bases.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT

I like this? I also like how they added in tiny letters oh yeah and that too? hahahaha?


January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Email to Bakery:

Need a cake at noon. Could you write on it "Welcome Baby"?

And down at the bottom "Congrats".


(So you can see, it could have been worse ... as in "under neat".)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

If it weren't for the turquoise gel lettering, it would be a nice cake--boring, but tastefully done.
And the person who did the lettering tried. Did you notice the tail on the Y makes another question mark? And it's spelled correctly. And--and this is the big one--it's not shaped like a baby.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

my 5-year old niece recently learned about question marks and wanted to write it at the end of every sentence. She thought that was more exciting. Perhaps the wreckerator left school at 5.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChennette

I'm guessing this is a baby shower cake for parents who know the baby is a boy, but haven't decided on a name yet.

The wreckerator would have gotten the idea across better if s/he put the question mark below the word baby.


January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If only the wreckerator had borrowed a space from the abundant supply elsewhere on the cake, it would simply mean that the baby's name was undetermined as of cake time.

Of course, a simple 'Welcome, Baby' would have sufficed (also works for a new hire at a really friendly company that doesn't mind those pesky harassment suits). Note that the standard absence of a comma simply adds to the passivity / ambiguity.

Speaking of passivity, the 'congrats' almost buried by the border (which was likely specified) tends either to favor the bet-hedging theory or brands the orderer as really snarky. Or both.

The daisies are a nice touch, though.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Haha...yesh, sirs. What we have here is a fine specimen of either:

A-What a politically correct culture has brainwashed innocent people with (yet really, the rule of thumb with "asking a woman if she's pregnant" is "DON'T")

B-Yet another sad, sad crime regarding the abuse of punctuation.

Take your pick! ;D

Thanks for the laughs! Cake Wrecks ROCKS!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Maybe the person that wrote on the cake really really does not like babies and could not be bothered to come up with excitement like whoever ordered the cake lol. I know if I still worked at the store bakery I'd do something like that haha

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I'm with MarliO - could be that they're not sure the baby is welcome.

"So, um, is she planning to give this kid up for adoption? Keep it? Marry the father?"

"I dunno -- better have the decorator put a question mark after "Welcome baby. We just want an excuse to eat cake."

WV- promins.

:::singing::: Oh promins me that someday you and I, will take our cake together to some sky . . .

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Oops! Messed up the quotes in my previous comment -- should have been:

"I dunno -- better have the decorator put a question mark after 'Welcome baby.' We just want an excuse to eat cake."

Just want to reassure this very punctuation-aware group that I do know better! :)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Okay, I've got it??

So, this guy's girlfriend has been "needing some space." And she finally decides she'll meet him for dinner at his place. Sooo... he calls the cake place and tells his whole long winded sob story and wants a bunch of stuff on the cake. Well, the soft hearted wreckorator to be tries to simplify his needs and just writes "Welcome baby?" as in he's welcoming her back to his life? And the teeny tiny completely undersized "congrats" at the bottom of the cake is from the wreckorator.

*crickets chirping*

or not.

I could just be a very quickly put together "Grooms cake."

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterABrownMole

It might kittens. It could always be kittens.

Congrats either way, of course.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAile

Or is the question mark a snarky way of saying your baby is less than cute? "Welcome baby? ... or ... wolverine?"

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtneyP

Maybe the cake writer was not entirely at fault... maybe the person ordering the cake was Australian with an incurable rising inflection?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKP

Could be a phone order, and the person said "write 'welcome baby', then put an exclamation point after it"-- and the wreckerator didn't know a "!" from "?"

Or Tricia L's suggestion.

Or the wreckerator messed up the "not sure of the baby's name" part of the message.

But the minimal congratulations is a bit troubling. Perhaps the wreckerator didn't know how to spell "congratulations" and kept it at "congrats" to hide that-- and then hid that, too, so that it wasn't as obvious that they didn't write out the full word?

However, it is a nicely decorated cake with attractive writing! At least "Baby?" is being welcomed neatly and tastily :)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

For the mommy who doesn't acknowledge her pregnancy?

I was looking at some shameful indulgence of a tabloid website the other day, and saw this said of Isla Fisher's baby, born mid-2010 and whose name has yet not been announced... that makes me feel kind of happy, actually, that nosy entertainment reporters couldn't seem to dig up any info. about the matter!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to add a thought - altho someone may have said this already, I just ran out of time to read ALL of the comments. Anywho, based on the quality of the borders and icing (even tho it is a little on the boring side) I am guessing that some co-worker bought an undecorated cake and a tube o' gel to write on it with. So maybe the wreckerator is really the customer, not the cake artist. I'm hoping, anyway. *sigh*

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnna

It was probably a phone order where the person ordering said "i guess it should say something like 'welcome baby'?". I particularly like the congrats squeezed in at the bottom like a whispered P.S. :)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Welcome undiagnosed mass?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisagems

This makes me smile? Not only is today my firstborn's third birthday, but I'm also 36 weeks pregnant? Definitely pregnant, not fat?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn

Welcome Baby? I guess?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy S

On the other hand, I'm only seven weeks pregnant, and I'm all like, OH, CHECK OUT HOW BIG MY BELLY IS GETTING (now that I'm not wearing Spanx all the time). It's liberating!

I'm guessing this wreck is because they didn't know what the baby's name would be (my sister was nameless for almost a week), but... yeah, a last initial would've worked, too.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPD

At least it wasn't "Welcome" Baby?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJayCee

Sometimes I think people make cakes just to get on this blog. This is one of those cakes.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReed

I know, I know? I totally got the question mark covered? The parents have different last names, and haven't picked a name for the little squid yet?! Either they're not married, or neither opted to change their name?

This does not have any affect on that odd Congrats?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDon't know yet

We should be lucky the wreckerator didn't actually write "Baby Lastname"!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfurpurrson

I heard every single "question" (including the cake) in the voice of Alyson Hannigan from American Pie. You know, the Band Camp girl. That would explain the wreck, if the person who ordered it talked like her.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Congratulations to Jaclyn and PD! I hope you and your babies are given beautiful, "Sunday Sweets" worthy cakes.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

That is so funny? You could only find one cake?

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

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